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Email Erin
Cell: 303-502-7522

Contact for Mural and Commissioned Artwork Requests


Instructor for Weekday Adult Painting and Drawing Classes 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and minor in Art History from Colorado State University

Erin is a painter, illustrator, muralist, and instructor, currently working and residing in Colorado Springs. She taught for a number of years painting and drawing classes at Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College, as well as at the Manitou Art Center. She has also taught painting at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and teaches numerous private lessons, and figure drawing sessions.

Art has always been an integral and important part of Erin’s life. After putting herself through school and earning 2 Fine Art degrees, she lived in numerous cities throughout the US, always painting, but working a variety of jobs. Upon return to her home town of Colorado Springs, with much determination and hard work, Erin became a professional artist, showing and selling her work, as well as teaching.

“I believe that art brings all people together, as it helps us to express ourselves in a necessary, and even therapeutic way. Creativity is a calming, often challenging, and peaceful process for me. I am extremely passionate about Art and Art History, and look forward to sharing that passion and experience with my new students, and old, at Pikes Peak Artist Collective!” -Erin

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Email Amanda
Cell: 936-788-4556


Instructor for Youth Membership Classes Monday & Tuesday, Youth Camps/Workshops, and Adult Painting Workshops

Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas
Master of Social Work from Simmons College
Focus on therapeutic art

Amanda is a painter, writer, and instructor with a background as a mental health therapist. She is a lifelong artist and began working as a sewist’s assistant at age 13, and a professional photographer at the age of 16. Amanda started her career by teaching art to elementary-aged children in both Texas and Boston. When she became a therapist, she focused on incorporating therapeutic art with clients and colleagues.

Amanda has extensive experience facilitating art therapy groups for neurodivergent children and teenagers, as well as people in recovery from eating disorders. While living in Memphis, she began holding art journaling and watercolor workshops for helping professionals. Amanda relocated to Colorado Springs in 2021 to continue her work as an artist in this beautiful, creative community.

Amanda values providing a calm, creative environment to reduce stress. She is passionate about creating a safe space for children and adults to develop their artistic independence and express themselves freely. Amanda is excited to get to know the community at PPAC and witness the beautiful art created!

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Email Tessa (Prefers Email Correspondence)
Cell: 978-476-1282


Instructor for Adult Clay Membership Tuesday and Thursday Classes
Clay Date Nights, Small Group Clay Sessions,
Youth Art Workshops

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
(grades 5-12) and Minor in Italian from Salem State University

Tessa is originally from the east coast, but her love for travel and spending time in nature brought her to beautiful Colorado Springs. She has had a passion for art-making for as long as she can remember, experimenting with different areas of art spanning from mixed media painting to photography and even glassblowing, though her primary focus is currently in ceramics. Tessa came to Pikes Peak Artist Collective in 2021 as a way to get involved in the local ceramics community. Rebecca’s (owner and operator) vibrant energy and mission immediately attracted Tessa to the PPAC community.

In 2013 Tessa earned a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Art Education from Salem State University, and became certified to teach Visual Art to grades 5-12. After graduating Tessa preferred the learning environment of a community arts setting over a traditional school setting, where she felt it was more about connection and art exploration over grades. For the past 12 years Tessa has been teaching children and teens in summer camp, community arts studio settings, and after school programs. In 2014 she began working and teaching at a ceramics studio in coastal MA which expanded her teaching to adult classes as well. Teaching also encourages Tessa to develop in my own art, through her small business which she started in 2015 under the name Tessa Lation Studios, where she makes and sells ceramics.

Tessa’s teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in personalization. She appreciates getting to meet and form a connection with every student and to have the chance to work with students one-on-one, accommodating their learning needs and interests. Tessa believes the arts are for everyone, even those who don’t see themselves as traditional artists. “I think a comfortable arts setting can offer healing through creating with your hands, as well as a bridge for connecting with other people in a supportive and inspiring community.”

Tessa is passionate about helping people gain confidence in the arts, especially in ceramics. She is particularly experienced in and drawn to hand building methods of ceramics. She also loves getting people excited about wheel throwing, giving them a foundation to get into their own flow and finetune their skills. Over the years of teaching ceramics, Tessa has come up with several “tricks of the trade” to help people along the way. She is always happy to offer up several different methods to help a student break through any roadblock they might encounter.

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Email Alexandra (Prefers Email Correspondence) 
Cell: 530-845-1293


Instructor for Adult Clay Membership Monday Class
Clay Date Nights & Small Group Clay Sessions

Bachelor of Studio Arts – in process

Alexandra is a multimedia artist who is passionate about ceramics. Her study of Studio Arts consists of drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D design, and sculpture, but her love of working with clay led her to where she is now – a small pottery business owner and a ceramics instructor here at Pikes Peak Artist Collective.

The thrill of taking earthen materials and forming them into functional (or just simply beautiful) objects is one she hopes to share with many aspiring artists to come. She finds working with clay to be both challenging and therapeutic, and hopes to encourage others to get their hands dirty and experience the joy of clay firsthand.

Alexandra enjoys the creative community that PPAC has to offer, and she aims to cultivate a classroom that is welcoming and inclusive to artists of all skill levels. She believes that clay is a medium for all, and is excited to share her extensive knowledge of wheel throwing and hand building methods.

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Email Liz
Cell: 719-352-6608


Instructor for Adult Clay Workshops
Studio Ceramics Technician

Drawn to Colorado’s natural beauty and boundless opportunities for adventure, Liz and her family moved here 7 years ago from St. Louis. While living in the Midwest, she worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, engaging with clients of all ages with a wide range of abilities and challenges. It is a profession in which she quickly developed a deep passion for helping people learn to be successful in areas of their lives that are important and matter to them. That aspect of a vital career sticks with Liz and it resonates in everything she does.

Liz was introduced to clay and the Pikes Peak Artist Collective in the Spring of 2021. Liz and her husband took a private class with Rebecca and fell in love with the clay art form and the studio. That initial class inspired her to become a membership student at PPAC, to build a home studio, start her own pottery business, and to expand her experience with PPAC as a Pottery Production Technician and a teacher. Liz works both on the wheel and with hand building methods. She loves to alter wheel thrown pots by utilizing sculpting and hand building techniques. The culture at PPAC encourages a vibrant exchange of ideas, talents, and knowledge. She loves sharing all things clay with this wonderful community of artists.

As a teacher Liz believes that by providing an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment everyone can create art they love. In her approach to teaching pottery, she strives to foster an atmosphere that encourages each student to find their skills and talents, discover their personal style, and develop greater artistic confidence with each new project. Liz is always eager to offer students the tools, tips, and practical information needed to help them be successful. She believes there is no wrong way to work with clay and the art of creating with this tactile medium is a gratifyingly meditative process producing rich rewards every step of the way.

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Email Katie
Cell: 715-404-9795


Instructor for Clay Date Nights, Small Group Clay Sessions

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Katie started her professional career in social work, working at several local community agencies here in Colorado Springs. Over the past few years, Katie has pursued her artistic hobbies as a new way to connect to the community. Katie began by assisting with youth art classes at PPAC, using all forms of media to create art. Katie has since transitioned to focusing on teaching adult ceramic classes.

Katie’s goal is to create an atmosphere for students and artists to pursue their creativity. She is there to encourage and support local artists- both those new to working with clay and those with prior experience. Everyone is welcome and she will be there to support you throughout your session. Katie believes that a supportive environment is key when trying something new, and as your teacher, she sees her role as creating that environment for your session.

In our pottery date nights and small group sessions, you will have the freedom to play, explore and create with wheel throwing and hand building techniques. The small group setting is perfect for you to build memories with your friends and loved ones, try something new, and connect to your community at the same time- and most importantly, rest and have fun!

Katie can’t wait to share her passion for ceramics with you. See you at the studio!

Art Classes for kids

Email Ms. Rhonda
Cell: 719-338-5193


Instructor for Youth/Teen Art Class Membership 

BFA from The University of North Texas
Extensive training in High Trust Psychology

Rhonda formed the Studio Graduate class after many years of teaching art to children. Rhonda recognized what children wanted and needed as artists and as learners. As a result “The Grad Class” is designed to balance structure and freedom, a “flipped” classroom or art studio where the student produces work primarily from their own vision along with one monthly “touch point” art lesson taught by Rhonda or a local artist. Touch point lessons add to students repertoire of skills that they can then integrate into their own art-envisioning/making process; from art history, to art appreciation, to specific art techniques.

A fun aspect of The Grad Class is students can work together or glean new ideas from one another. The class is limited to 12 students to allow for a calm independent class dynamic.
The Grad class is not based on age level, it is based on a readiness to produce work independently. Ages can vary, with a minimum age of 10 to max of 18.

The soul, passion and energy of the group organically forms into an art “sanctuary” where young people can live their artist-self with courage, a willingness to grow and authentic love for exercising that voice inside of them that truly needs a platform.

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Email Sara
Cell: 719-445-6652


Instructor for Clay Workshops

Associates of Anthropology from Pike Peak State College

Sara loves the feel of the clay, the endless possibilities, and how her art can be preserved for many lifetimes to come. Post- high school, Sara took several college level ceramic courses, honing in on wheel throwing skills, learning new techniques, and became more educated on glaze chemistry and different firing practices. Seven years of experience later, and she is now a proud owner of her own ceramic business, gleefully sharing art with the world. She currently displays her work online, and in several local shops in OCC. Sara is proudly intertwined with the clay community here in Colorado Springs, and through another clay teacher, Tessa, found PPAC. She is so thankful to be apart of this collective, as the values that they exercise mirror hers.

Though Sara still resides in Colorado Springs, she has taken many adventures to travel the world. Her travels, along with her education in Anthropology, has really shown her the beauty in humanity. She loves meeting new people from all walks of life. Inclusivity and community are massively important to her, and Sara aims to exercise these qualities in the classroom. Her goals are to find your strengths, your passions, and your own unique creativity to funnel into your art, all while cultivating a supportive and kind classroom community. Sara truly believes that everyone has a little artist in them, and she wants to help find your inner creative! She is so passionate about clay and is ecstatic to share it with anyone who is willing to (literally) get their hands dirty!

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Email Brooke
Cell: 908-528-6616


Instructor for Clay and 2 D Mediums

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Montclair State University

Brooke is a ceramicist, art teacher and yoga instructor.
She has naturally gravitated towards art since she was a young child, but became hooked on ceramics specifically after taking a ceramics class in high school. Brooke then went on to study art formally at Montclair State University in New Jersey. From there she went on to teach high school and middle school Art for 6 years.
She is currently taking a break from teaching in the public school setting and is so excited to fulfill her passion for teaching art at PPAC!
Brooke is passionate about teaching to the individual in order to help their artistic visions come to fruition. She also prides herself on cultivating a relaxing, engaging and community-oriented environment for her students to take a break from the ‘real world’.

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Email Rebecca
Cell: 717-875-5200


Owner/Operating Manager

Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon
Focus in glaze chemistry and environmental design.

Throughout Rebecca’s life she has had a strong awareness of and attraction to the beauty in all things; She is excited to bring her passion for beauty, design, and people to Pikes Peak Artist Collective.

As a life-long artist, she has been a painter, jewelry maker, and a ceramic artist. she appreciates the beauty in all forms of art but finds her primary medium for creative expression in working with clay.

Through Rebecca’s appreciation of creative expression, she wants to collaborate with other art educators to support the growth of artists in Colorado Springs.

Rebecca’s education and experience at the University of Oregon allowed her to explore art and creative expression and enriched her passion as an artist. Her Environmental Studies degree at the University of Oregon furthered her appreciation of the natural world providing multicultural experiences in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. From those experiences she came to appreciate the changing world we are apart of and the importance that fostering the expression of creativity is necessary for the sustainability of a healthy world.

After moving to Colorado Springs from Pennsylvania with her husband Casey, she met Marcie Anderson owner of Studio 101 that was originally started by Rhonda Conn-Parent. Rebecca’s progression into ownership in 2019 was natural and an inspiration to honor the history of the studio and keep what has been created as a viable part of the community.

Rebecca looks forward to continuing to provide a supportive and comfortable art education center for both children and adults.

Her goal is to see artists creating in a nurturing space that enhances expression, surrounded by art work created by children and adults, with various teachers providing different perspectives and skills and a wide variety of art shows held by different PPAC artists. “As a community we can support one another, inspire our souls and thrive. Most of all, I am excited to meet you and learn how we can collectively enable the expression of art in Colorado Springs.” -Rebecca

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“My daughter’s weekly art classes are the best part of her week. She has learned a wide variety of art techniques, her favorite being pottery.”

– Elizabeth

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